The Flying Cat
Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details. For many people work is all consuming. They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families. Sadly, they are not. If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends. There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss. In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did. However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc. It’s not fair but that is the real world. There always needs to be a balance. Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast. He liked eggs over easy. However, if it broke, he threw it away. There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs. In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing. In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself. The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind. That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else. The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
What makes a people become dare devils? Is it the thrill, the possible danger, or for money? Evil Knievel was one of the famous dare devils of his time. He put a show together that made millions for him and his family. There are dare devils today but a small sector seem to think that taking selfies in dangerous situations is much more important or exciting. For example, holding onto the edge of a cliff or standing too close to the edge and leaning over for a selfie is foolish as the majority of these individuals fall to their deaths. It appears that people are so focused on themselves and getting a fabulous picture that they ignore their surroundings. There probably is a certain rush as dare devils. The ‘New Daily News,’ an Australian local newspaper, said that “more people die from taking selfies than shark attacks this year.” The thrill for these individuals must make them risk everything. Are their lives so boring that they want their family, friends and workmates to see they are really fascinating and exciting people? Having a good time while on holiday is one thing and certainly beautiful pictures add to the aftermath description. However, there might not be any wonderful memories if the dare devil instinct over takes them. In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, there are stories yet published where the children act like dare devils. “Run Blackie Run” and “The Flying Cat” are just two titles where the children are dare devils in their own way. If you want to call any of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” dare devils, their sense of adventure only lies in how to lie, cheat and steal money and in some case in unbelievable ways. The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
A couple of years ago I wrote book twenty, entitled “The Flying Cat.” I wrote it as I developed an idea from a cat I had seen on the news who had to be rescued. The cat had climbed up a telephone pole and couldn’t get down. Finally, the Fire Department was called to take action. A single truck went to the location with a hook and ladder and a fireman saved the cat. No one had any idea of how the cat ended up on the top of a telephone pole. I am guessing that once at the top, the cat looked at the seemingly long distance to the ground and was too scared to move back down the pole. In “The Flying Cat” a stray cat moseyed into Pecos. It was not a friendly cat, but the twins, J.C. and Bronco, left out a bowl of milk for it every day and when they checked the following day, the milk was gone. They tried to pet the cat, but it snarled at them. The story takes place the week-end right after Thanksgiving. Everyone in town is shopping and the families from the surrounding areas are also in Pecos as well. All the children decide to have a baseball game. They started the game near Sheriff Gus’s office and have a wonderful time. Then, the stray cat that the twins had been feeding, sat down on one of the bases and refused to move, Henry Kelly yelled at it to go away and it did right up the drain pipe connected to Sheriff Gus’s office and then onto his roof. The older boys, J.C., Bronco and Frankie then decided that the Sheriff would be really angry if they knew it was one of the baseball team player’s fault that a stray cat was on his roof. They formed a plan and went into action. The twins slipped quietly into their home for a few needed supplies. J.C. shinnied up the pipe, (he was originally nick named Johnny the Cat as he could climb almost anything). The next task was getting the cat to like him. Eventually, J.C. and the cat are saved but not by a fire truck. As with all the Good Gus Series, many people join together to solve the problem. Since there are only forty-six shopping days until Christmas and even less for internet deliveries, I hope you will choose a book from the Good Gus Series showing your child or children the value of cooperation.